Discussing Differences This program was created as a means for students, faculty and staff to speak openly, honestly and authentically about issues that are often difficult to discuss. The goal is for participants to hear and be heard in a non-judgmental and affirming atmosphere.  Through small group work students, faculty and staff have discussed issues revolving around race, ethnic origin, gender, sexuality, nationality, socio-economic status and ability among others.  Although participant’s stories might vary dramatically, they see that through their difference, we are often more similar than we believe. Though this program is run by the Office of Residential Life, it has been used in a variety of departments and clubs on campus including sports teams, faculty training and Upward Bound. If you are interested in bringing this program to your department or club, contact Mike Felton (mfelton@bowdoin.edu).